Talkin' Football in April?!?!

By: Andrew Switzer
By: Andrew Switzer

The only reason to talk football in April is because it is the last weekend of April and the NFL Draft is taking place.  Our beloved Chiefs had a season to forget in 2007, going 4-12 and losing their last 9 games in a row.  So how do you go from 4-12 to feeling good about your team in 4 months???  Well it's the first time in a long time that the Chiefs have made a very large splash on draft day.  Not only did we make a large splash on day one, but in the first 2 hours of the draft 2 of the best players in college football last year were wearing KC Chiefs caps. 

Going 4-12 is a very difficult thing to do, you almost have to try, but the great thing about going 4-12 is it will give you a top 5 pick.  Top 5 picks in the NFL Draft very often go on to have prolific pro careers.  There was talk that the Chiefs would trade away the #5 pick and I didn't like the idea of that.  Again, it's not easy to get a #5 pick.  When our pick came, possibly the best player in the draft was still on the board and we correctly pulled the trigger on Glenn Dorsey, an absolute best of a defensive tackle. 

I talked to one of my good buddies shortly after the Chiefs made this selection and he thought the Chiefs should have taken a trade in which it was rumored the Saints were offering to swap our #5 for their #10 and then give us a second round pick and their first round pick in the 2009 draft, and that would have been an offer to consider.  However, that seems to be a rumor.  So get excited Brad. 

I also spoke with my brother shortly after the pick and he wasn't too excited.  My brother, Matt Switzer, said I could mark his prediction down.  Glenn Dorsey has had some injury problems and Matt predicts it will lead to an injury plagued pro career.  I disagree and think he will continue what he did in college at LSU playing in the SEC and go on to have an all pro type career.  Only time will tell.

Earlier in the week the Chiefs traded away our best player, Jared Allen and acquired a 1st, 3rd, and 5th round pick from the Vikings.  Many Chiefs fans were not happy with this and righfully so.  At least we did something with those picks.  We traded up from the #17 spot and selected Branden Albert, a huge and athletic offensive lineman that played guard in college but may play left tackle for us. 

So to sum it up in the first 2 hours of the draft the Chiefs now have perhaps the best player in the draft in Glenn Dorsey and an offensive lineman that could easily grow into a pro-bowl type player.  I'm excited!

What are your thoughts....

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